Welcome

Welcome to ‘Reproductive Health in Disasters’.

This is a webpage/blog relating to an exciting new research project taking place at the University of Leicester. The project explores the opportunities and challenges around reproductive and sexual health issues during disasters and emergencies. This webpage/blog is where we share: our ideas, our points of view, relevant publications, contemporary news and events. Also, you can stay up-to-date about our research and the research location on our ‘Our Research Location’ page. Please feel free to comment at the bottom of each page.

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Project: Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges Around Reproductive Health in Disasters in Bangladesh

Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is central to general health and human development but is a neglected area in the context of disasters. As such, our knowledge is limited on the ways internally displace women and adolescent girls deal and cope with SRH in a disaster environment. SRH services are especially important during a disaster because these services are lacking, yet needed during this time (WHO, 2012). When it comes to menstrual regulation (MR) or post MR care services, challenges are even greater, with no access to safe and timely services. Funded by the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) ‘Innovation Programme’ and ‘SPRINT Initiative’, this research is led by University of Leicester (UoL) and aims to explore the challenges around SRH and also offer access to safe MR and post MR care services by pre-positioning an integrated intervention package called RHCC prior to a disaster (flood) at the facility level. RHCC includes the UN’s Inter-Agency Reproductive Health Kit 8 (RH Kit 8), capacity building of the health service providers and community awareness through the Family Welfare Assistants.

Through our research, we are hoping to reduce the number of women dying as a result of miscarriages in disaster areas. Also we aim to strengthen the existing health system by building the capacity of health service providers and by raising community awareness. Our research is important because investigating SRH issues are directly connected to a mother’s and child’s health and well being and they are vital in encouraging social and economic development. For more specific information, please do visit our ‘About the Project‘ page.